Therapy and Justice Belong Together

Guest bloggers Arie Freiberg, Emeritus Professor of Law, Monash University and Dr Becky Batagol, Senior Lecturer in Law, Monash University, Co-Authors of Non-Adversarial Justice, explore the role of therapeutic jurisprudence in the justice system... Last week The Australian newspaper published an opinion piece in which Jennifer Oriel argued that that ‘activist judges’ are usurping the role of parliament in promoting … Continue reading Therapy and Justice Belong Together

Can Mental Health Rehabilitation science improve criminal justice systems?

Therapeutic jurisprudence provides a bridge between the law and the health and social sciences...  In this blog Priscilla Ferrazzi, a lawyer and Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta in Canada comments on the importance of Mental Health Rehabilitation (MHR) science in therapeutic jurisprudence thinking... Most of us in criminal law know that among the … Continue reading Can Mental Health Rehabilitation science improve criminal justice systems?

Five reasons why we need solution-focused approaches in courts

Guest blogger Michelle Edgely writes ... There are five cogent reasons why governments interested in evidence based policies should support solution-focused methods for dealing with drug-addicted and mentally impaired recidivist offenders in criminal courts: Rehabilitative sentencing is nothing new. Courts traditionally sentence offenders to achieve the balance appropriate to the case at hand of proportionate punishment, … Continue reading Five reasons why we need solution-focused approaches in courts

So what does an evidence based approach to criminal justice reform look like?

The Justice Center of the Council of State Governments (USA) has an interesting project that is working to  improving mainstream criminal justice systems. The Justice Centre of the Council of State Governments project - The County Justice and Behavioral Health Improvement Project - is a national initiative that uses qualitative and quantitative research to improve outcomes for people … Continue reading So what does an evidence based approach to criminal justice reform look like?

New report recommends expansion of therapeutic alternatives

The recently released report of the Victorian Ombudsman (Victoria, Australia) "Investigation into the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners in Victoria" provides an excellent overview of the rehabilitation programs currently on offer in Victoria Australia and elsewhere around the world.  It  recommends expansion of therapeutic alternatives to imprisonment and improvement of prison and post release rehabilitation programs. … Continue reading New report recommends expansion of therapeutic alternatives